As Social Media Coordinator for the New Zealand Archaeological Association (NZAA), I take pride in my role to disseminate information about both the NZAA and the important work of archaeologists in Aotearoa New Zealand. For 2022 NZ ARCHAEOLOGY WEEK I had the privilege of teaming up with Archaeologist Ben Jones for his PhD research in collaboration with Patuharakeke to protect archaeological coastal sites subject to climate change led by Ari Carrington. Ari is a Kaitiaki Monitor and Resource Management Co-ordinator for the Patuharakeke Taiao unit that is part of the Patuharakeke Te Iwi Trust Board.
In this video below I interview Ari as he shares his specialist skills in capturing traditional practices tied to coastal archaeological sites that are at risk from climate change as well as digging deeper into elements of Mātauranga Māori tied to these places. Sea-level rise is the major threat to many of these sites. Some of these areas are in everyday places and it is important to learn why we need to invest time and energy into protecting the legacy of these places. I particularly think his quote "Midden is like a library of information" captures the value of these incredible landscapes and their importance in cultural identity.